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State Policy Work

ACLU of Utah to Law Enforcement Agencies: Be Wary of Involvement with ICE

23 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Local law enforcement cannot be forced to ignore their community priorities to participate in the federal government’s newly expanded mass deportation agenda.”

Racial Disparities in Utah’s Juvenile Justice System

13 February 2017 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
This report explores the racial disparities that result from flaws in Utah’s current juvenile justice system and outlines specific recommendations for reform.

ACLU of Utah Files FOIA on Execution of Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Ban

02 February 2017 Published in Newsroom
 The FOIA was filed as part of a coordinated campaign with 50 ACLU affiliates.

Election Day Registration

09 July 2016 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
You may be able to register AND vote on Election Day! If you live in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Kane, Cache, Millard, San Juan, or Sanpete County, YOU CAN STILL VOTE on November 8 even if you didn’t register in advance.

YES ON SIX Update: New Commission is Prosecutor Free!

15 June 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
We'll call it a victory: we've got a commission that approaches independence. 

TAKE ACTION: New commission should be truly independent!

10 May 2016 Published in State Policy Work
Prosecutors should not set policy for public defense. Tell Gov. Herbert to keep the new Indigent Defense Commission prosecutor free!

Quick Primer on Body Cam Legislation at the Capitol

17 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Community activists and advocates have been asking a lot about the TWO bills related to police body-mounted cameras, both being considered by the legislature during this 2016 session: Rep. Dan McCay’s HB300 and Sen. Dan Thatcher’s SB94.

FAQs on Civil Asset Forfeiture

16 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
"Civil Asset Forfeiture" - it's a not-very-sexy name for a VERY important issue!

TAKE ACTION: Less Death Penalty...Not MORE...in Utah!

02 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
TAKE ACTION: The death penalty is expensive, ineffective and unconstitutional. Why would we do MORE of it?

2016 Legislative Session: What to Watch For! (Part 1)

25 January 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The 2016 legislative session kicked off yesterday with much ceremony and anticipation, with several controversial issues – medical cannabis, defunding Planned Parenthood and equality in the workplace for Utah’s working moms – receiving attention well in advance of the opening day ceremonies. 

YES ON SIX: It's not a "problem," it's a CRISIS.

19 January 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Sixth Amendment guarantees legal counsel to all people who are facing possible jail time on criminal charges, regardless of whether they can afford an attorney. But there’s no question that for many people in Utah there might as well not be a Sixth Amendment at all.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”

Hunger Strikers at Utah State Prison Have ACLU of Utah's Support

03 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.

Building a New Prison Could Reduce Utah's Rampant Use of Barbaric "Restrictive Housing"

28 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In practice, “solitary confinement” isn’t exactly what you see in movies: the dirt-smeared man alone in a dark cell, with a rat for company and a tiny window his only connection to the outside world.

The Bad News Behind Salt Lake Co's Work to Reduce Pay Gaps Between Prosecutors & Public Defenders

17 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last week, the Salt Lake County Council discussed ways in which the county can eliminate pay gaps between public defenders and county prosecutors. This is very good news.

As Our Addiction to Incarceration Gets Worse, More Utahns Will Struggle to Find a Place to Live

01 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
What does it mean, to “pay your debt to society” after committing a crime?

Rewarding landlords for discrimination?

23 June 2015 Published in State Policy Work
"Good Landlord Programs" often end up hurting already marginalized communities. Share your story to help reform these policies.

ACLU Report Finds Unsatisfactory Public Complaint Process In Utah’s Law Enforcement Agencies

22 June 2015 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
The ACLU of Utah recently issued a report analyzing how Utah law enforcement handles complaints from members of the public. Unfortunately, we found some troubling trends in the way Utah law enforcement agencies handle citizen complaints.

Regarding Police Use of Force Against Community Members

17 June 2015 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
The ACLU of Utah is an organization dedicated to restraining government intrusion into our lives, and ensuring that government wields its power responsibly. We strive for a state that affords dignity, autonomy and justice to all its residents. There are very few ways in which the state so overtly wields power over us, than in the form of its law enforcement agents. In the words of our colleagues in Maryland, in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, “Over time, the daily injustices, the repeated instances of police brutality, the unconstitutional treatment of poor and minority people – these patterns crush people’s souls.” To assume that such problems cannot and do not happen in our own state, would reveal a dangerous blindness to the reality faced by many of our fellow Utahns. The ACLU of Utah pledges its commitment to finding a solution to the police militarization and law enforcement overreach that has come to characterize our nation in the following ways: We proactively support community oversight of our law enforcement agencies. This includes empowering community members to exercise their right to record police officers who are interacting with the community, and also developing legislation related to police body-mounted…

Do We NEED to Move the Prison? Wrong Question.

26 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
So, if you haven’t heard the news, the ACLU of Utah is supportive of the prison relocation. Well, not EXACTLY.